The open-age sides prove the recent clean sweep over the Swans was no fluke by doing it again.CHALPAT SONTI August 14, 2014 3:22am
Casey Adamson didn't get to the A-grade game until just before halftime after playing in Melbourne on Saturday morning, but she didn't let that affect her.
It might be a big call to make in a season of highlights, but Seymour’s 47-43 win over the Shepparton Swans on Saturday must surely be the best win of the year so far.
It wasn’t that the Lions were playing away against an opponent fired up after being thrashed at Kings Park. Nor that it was one versus two.
Rather it was the day Seymour’s depth shone through. Missing midcourt general Sarah Douglas, and with defender Casey Adamson and shooter Millie Brock not arriving until just before half-time because of school netball commitments (see Between the Lines, page 19), the Lions took the court with a distinctly different make-up to recent weeks.
Tegan Hansen, having just played four hard quarters in the B-grade game at centre, had to back up for the first half at wing attack. She did a superb job and it had to have lifted her team-mates.
The scores were locked at half-time after the Lions gave back a four-goal quarter-time lead, but the Swans edged ahead at the final break after two-goal swings either way through the third term.
But the final quarter is when Seymour lifted, as it has done many times this season. And it was the younger players leading the way as the team went on an all-out attack, even when it hit the front.
Defender Sarah Szczykulski played her best game on the comeback from injury, while at the other end Ellie O’Sullivan handled both the shooting and wing attack roles well — and coped brilliantly with the physical nature of the game. Kath Knott was her usual composed self in the shooting circle, as well as keeping her younger team-mates’ minds on the job.
Coach Ash Chapman said the game was a taste of what the Lions could expect come finals time.
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